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Hitchcock tabs Elliott as Blues’ playoff starter

Apr 27, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues locked up the fourth seed (and at least one round of home ice advantage) on Saturday, but some couldn’t help but wonder: who’s going to start in net once the postseason begins?

Head coach Ken Hitchcock told NHL.com’s Lou Korac that Brian Elliott is the man – at least at the moment.

“He’s our goalie right now,” Hitchcock said. “He’s the guy we’re going to go with.”

The Blues faced an unusual set of circumstances last postseason, as both Elliott and Jaroslav Halak were sidelined with ailments. Hitchcock believes that Elliott, 28, was strong in the 2012 playoffs before an ear infection sent things off the rails.

“He was very good when Jaro got hurt in the playoffs and then he had the inner ear infection and didn’t really play up to par,” Hitchcock said.

With Halak and Jake Allen waiting in the wings and a tough matchup in either the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings in order, Elliott knows he needs to avoid a sub-par outing.

  1. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    I was the first one to shout doom from the mountain tops when Elliot was struggling… but this is the right choice and he knows he’s on a shortened leash this year for sure. and if that’s true about him having an inner ear infection last year then that would explain a lot.

  2. kingsfan93 - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    This is going to great match-up with two very similar teams. Both teams are familiar with one another from being in the Western Conference, of course, and last year in the playoffs.

    The Kings will be the infavoured team going into the series knowing the Kings have beaten the St. Louis Blues last year in the playoffs 4-0, Kings have also swept them in this regular season 3 times they have met, and especially knowing the Kings are the STANLEY CUP CHAMPS.

    But knowing all that there above, I’m sure St. Louis Blues are going to want some revenge to prove to themselves they can beat the Kings.

    The Key for St. Louis Blues is for Brian Elliot to step-up to the plate and not make excuses with an inner ear infection. That if he doesn’t step-up, it won’t be so much Elliot be on the trading block, it be more like J. Halak that has not been impressive by any means really since being with the St. Louis Blues. I wouldn’t be surprised if J. Halak got bought out by the Blues.

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